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Analysis: Behning case has lessons for all

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Analysis: Behning case has lessons for all

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Ethics questions involving House Education Chairman Bob Behning rose and fell last week in just a matter of days, but the underlying issues shouldn’t go away so quickly. Behning, R-Indianapolis, had proposed to begin lobbying in another state for an education testing company that does business in Indiana and […]

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Commentary: ‘Free’ college? Not so fast

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org I have been teaching college for more than a decade, so when President Barack Obama recently announced his plan for free tuition at community college you would have thought I would have been excited. Technically, as someone who is a strong believer in higher education, I should be all on board. […]

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Commentary: Obama reminds Republicans that he’s still the prez

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s good to be the president of the United States. That’s the big lesson from the State of the Union Address – his sixth – that Barack Obama delivered Tuesday night. Just 11 weeks after his Democratic Party got shellacked in the 2014 midterm election, Obama in his hour-long […]

Guest column: BMV needs outside audits to restore public trust

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Guest column: BMV needs outside audits to restore public trust

By Rep. Dan Forestal Special to TheStatehouseFile.com In the ongoing efforts of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles to convince the public that it is worthy of our confidence, the agency’s worst enemy is itself. Consider the following: In August 2013, BMV officials admitted the agency has been overcharging many drivers for their operators’ licenses […]

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Analysis: 5 ways to get involved in the legislative process

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As the long session of the General Assembly enters it’s third week, lawmakers are gearing up for action on bills that could have a significant impact on the lives of Hoosiers. Bills about education, property taxes, the environment, health care and more are moving through the process, while legislation […]

Guest column: The bell-shaped curve meets education

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Guest column: The bell-shaped curve meets education

By John Guy Special to TheStatehouseFile.com This curve controls education. It suggests an impossibility that proposed reforms will work for all students. Results in any human endeavor, and in most physical and scientific experiments, are inexorably distributed according to the bell-shaped curve. The vertical axis is a number of students, teachers or schools. The horizontal […]

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Analysis: Behind-the-scenes bills are among most interesting

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The 2015 session of the General Assembly launched last week with debate about all the issues you’d expect – the budget, education and plenty of politics. But it’s the issues you don’t see coming that make a legislative session interesting. And this one will be no exception. Here are […]

Analysis: Modest revenue growth won’t mean big increases for education

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Analysis: Modest revenue growth won’t mean big increases for education

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The big talk among legislative leaders about boosting the dollars for education significantly may turn out to be largely that – big talk. That’s no commentary on the Republican leaders who are hoping to make 2015 an education session. They appear sincere in their efforts, although their more specific […]

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Commentary: What makes the death penalty awful

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – So, it seems that capital punishment is supposed to be an educational experience for the person being executed. Last month, a St. Joseph County judge ruled that convicted murderer and rapist Michael Dean Overstreet couldn’t be put to death because he has delusions and hallucinations that disconnect him from […]

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Commentary: New economy requires workers to keep learning

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The leader of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce said it plainly. “If (the competition for jobs and labor) is just about who is the cheapest, we won’t ever win that fight. We have to make the competition about adding value,” said Michael Huber, the chamber’s chief executive officer and […]

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